Sportsbooks Ruling Out Celts Against Golden State
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Tuesday’s round of online NBA betting action only featured three contests, but the NBA has decided to pack Wednesday chock full of sportsbook options. From the Bulls facing off with the Magic, or the Rockets hosting the Jazz, there are a spectrum of pairings that players can choose from, with some games undoubtedly being more predictable than others. But out of the 11 contests the NBA has in store for bettors, perhaps the most competitive is the matchup between the Celtics and the Warriors.
Wednesday night, the leaders of the Western Conference will be playing host to the Boston Celtics – who have their eye on the No. 1 seed in the East. With both teams ranking superior in their respective conferences, there’s no doubt that this contest should prove to be thrilling. This contest will mark the second and final time that the Warriors and Celtics have squared off, with Golden State walking away with the first contest 104-88 back in November. Let’s see if most basketball betting are predicting a similar result this time around.
ONLINE NBA BETTING ODDS – REGULAR SEASON – Wednesday, March 8th
Boston Celtics +8 ½ (-110) 222 ½ (-110) +325
Golden State Warriors -8 ½ (-110) 222 ½ (-110) -400
Even though it’s not all that surprising to see the Warriors enter Wednesday night’s matchup as the sportsbook favorite, it is surprising to see the bookies come out in favor of Golden State that heavily. After being one of the most dominant teams in the NBA all season long, the Warriors come into this contest sporting a 52-11 record that ranks Golden State first in the West as well as the Pacific Division. Nevertheless, the Spurs have also been dominant this season and San Antonio is currently 3 games behind the Warriors. Additionally, Golden State is coming into this game with a 2-game win streak.
The online NBA betting favorites would love to be joined by Durant Wednesday night, but the former MVP is still sidelined due to his knee injury. Without Durant, Golden State will turn to reigning MVP Stephen Curry to lead them later this evening. Curry is averaging 24.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per contest.
The Celtics have turned in a pretty competitive season and currently own a 40-24 record. Right now Boston is two games behind the Cavaliers, but there’s still plenty of time for the Celts to push past Cleveland. Unfortunately, the way Cleveland has been playing lately, it doesn’t seem like they’ll be able rack up enough success to pass the Cavaliers. In their last 5 contests, the Celtics have posted a 2-3 record. With the playoffs in sight, Boston is looking to end the season on a better note.
To help them accomplish that, the sportsbook underdogs will turn to leading point-scorer Isaiah Thomas to lead them against the Warriors. Thomas is currently averaging 29.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game. Second in points for Boston is Avery Bradley who is putting up 17.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per contest.